2008 Best of Braddock Awards Announced

June 30, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Best of Braddock awards go to VRE Centre Parking Garage and project manager Ken Lim; Kings Park Civic Association; Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office; Annandale High School Band; Rich Barfield;and George Michael Billy.
  • The 2008 Braddock District Citizen of the Year award is being given to D.E. “Bill” Sheads.
  • The 2008 Braddock District Young Person of the Year is Liz Alva.
  • The awards will be presented on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Braddock District Supervisor’s office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

More Information 

The Braddock District Council of Community Associations and Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova announced the winners of the 2008 Best of Braddock (BOB), Citizen of the Year, Young Person of the Year and other public service awards.

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Braddock District Supervisor’s office, 9002 Burke Lake Road (Kings Park Library), Burke. Presentations will take place during the council’s annual picnic.

The awards are a joint program of the council and Supervisor Bulova. Granted for the fifth consecutive year, the “BOBs” recognize those citizens, organizations and businesses in the Braddock District that have “gone above and beyond to be the very best.” The Braddock District Citizen of the Year Award has been given since 1992.

The 2008 BOB award winners are:

VRE Burke Centre Parking Garage –  Ken Lim, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
Category:  Commercial Beautification or Improvement
The garage is being recognized because it was a collaboration between county government and the Burke Centre community, resulting in a building that is a neighborhood enhancement. Ken Lim, with Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, is also being recognized for his work as the project manager.

Kings Park Civic Association
Category:  Neighborhood Enhancement or Beautification
The association was nominated for undertaking a project that celebrated the diversity in its community and brought the community together.

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Community Labor Force
Category:  Most “Can-Do” Public Employees in the Braddock District
The Sheriff’s Community Labor Force is being honored for contributing substantial time and effort to the Braddock Road Beautification Project.

Annandale High School Band – Jack Elgin, Director
Category: Club or Organization Really Making a Difference in the Braddock District
The band was nominated for the part it played, with compassion and community spirit, in raising funding for the memorial for Mary Read, an Annandale resident and former band member, who died in the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy last year.

Rich Barfield, Area Landscaping
Category:  Outstanding Business Person
He is being honored for the instrumental role that he and his company played in both the Braddock Road Beautification Project and the Mary Read Memorial. This included the donation of time and plant materials.

George Michael Billy
Category:  Personal Achievement
This category was added to the BOBs this year, and the award went to George Michael Billy, a Lake Braddock Secondary School graduating senior. He is an outstanding wrestler who won three state championships in his weight class in Nebraska and Virginia. However, he also is being honored for changing his life and achieving the control and character that has allowed him to excel in athletics and gain the respect of his family, friends and teachers.

The 2008 Braddock District Citizen of the Year award is being given to D.E. “Bill” Sheads. He was nominated for his dedication throughout the years and contributions to the historical record of the Braddock District and Fairfax County. His insight and memory over the past 86 years have made him a valuable source of historical information. His “institutional memory” was a priceless resource for Supervisor Bulova’s “A Look Back at Braddock” project.

The 2008 Braddock District Young Person of the Year is Liz Alva, a graduating senior at Robinson Secondary School. She graduated with a 3.6 grade point average, completed seven Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and is the first in her family to attend college. In addition to volunteering for a number of community groups, she participated in five sports in high school, earning varsity letters in three, captaining three teams and winning the Robinson Athlete-Scholar Award four times.

For more information about these awards, to request reasonable accommodations, or to learn how to nominate an organization or individual for an award in future years, contact Colin A. Campbell, Braddock District Supervisor’s office, 703-425-9300, TTY 711.


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